Without a doubt, conditions in prisons are harsh. Still, inmates should be able to complete their prison sentences without suffering significant harm. However, during prison sentences, many inmates are ultimately harmed. They can suffer significant injuries as a direct result of personal injury accidents or even civil rights violations.
If you or a loved one suffered injury during the time as an inmate in a California prison, you could certainly have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, we recommend that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our team is ready to help you.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience handling all sorts of claims involving inmates in California prisons. We have successfully handled countless personal injury claims and civil rights claims alike – always ensuring that we fight for the rights of our clients and get them the best recovery available for their claims. If you are interested in exploring the legal options available to you and your family, contact us today.
Types of Incidents in California Prisons
There are many different types of incidents that could occur in prisons that could ultimately result in harm to inmates. Of course, personal injury accidents could occur, including but not limited to slip and fall accidents, trip and fall accidents, falling object accidents, chair collapse accidents, prison work program incidents, etc. However, other incidents which are civil rights violations can also lead to harm. These can include being assaulted in prison by guards or by other inmates and even the failure to treat medical conditions in prison.
No matter what the incident, inmates can be left suffering from significant injuries which can even be fatal. To explore the legal options available to you and your family for the harm resulting from an incident at a prison, contact us today.
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The Prisons in the State of California
California has over 30 prisons throughout the state. These prisons are owned and operated by a state agency, specifically the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. These prisons include the following:
Avenal State Prison
California City Correctional Facility
California Correctional Center
California Correctional Institution
California Health Care Facility
California Institution for Men
California Institution for Women
California Medical Facility
California Men’s Colony
California Rehabilitation Center
California State Prison, Centinela
California State Prison, Corcoran
California State Prison, Los Angeles County
California State Prison, Sacramento
California State Prison, Solano
California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran
Calipatria State Prison
Central California Women’s Facility
Chuckawalla Valley State Prison
Correctional Training Facility
Folson State Prison
High Desert State Prison
Ironwood State Prison
Kern Valley State Prison
Mule Creek State Prison
North Kern State Prison
Pelican Bay State Prison
Pleasant Valley State Prison
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility
Salinas Valley State Prison
San Quentin State Prison
Sierra Conservation Center
Valley State Prison
Wasco State Prison
If you or a loved one were an inmate at any of the prisons listed above and suffered harm due to a personal injury incident or a civil rights violation, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to ensure that all liable parties/entities are held accountable. Contact us today to learn more about the legal options available to you.
Liability for Personal Injury Accidents at Prisons
So, who is liable for personal injury accidents at prisons? In personal injury accidents, including slip and falls, trip and falls, falling object incidents, etc., property owners are typically liable for the harm suffered on their premises. Under the concept of premise liability, all property owners have a duty to keep their premises free of any hazards or dangerous conditions that could ultimately lead to incidents. What does this mean? When property owners fail to identify and address the hazards present throughout their premises, then they can directly contribute to incidents and ultimately be liable for all harm suffered.
If an incident occurs at a California prison, then the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – the state entity that owns and operates the prisons – could be liable and could be sued.
Liability for Civil Rights Violations at Prisons
Many people mistakenly believe that inmates lose all their rights during their time in prison. Of course, inmates lose some rights, but they do not lose all rights. In fact, inmates have rights under both federal and state law. When referring to civil rights, specifically, we usually refer to rights under the U.S. Constitution. Under the eight amendment, inmates have protections against “cruel and unusual punishment” which includes protection from violence from other inmates, violence from guards, and even access to medical care, for example.
In other words, if an incident occurs as a result of a violation of an inmate’s civil rights, then the prison could be liable and could be sued.
What is the Average Value of an Inmate Injury Case?
This is a very important question. Unfortunately, it is a tough question to answer because case value varies significantly from case to case. Some of the many factors that must be taken intoi consideration to determine the possible value of a case include the following:
The type of incident that occurred
The extent of injuries resulting from the accident (including the permanency of the injuries suffered)
The total costs associated with medical treatment
The mental and emotional harm resulting from the incident
In case of sexual abuse, whether the incident was covered up
In general, inmate injury cases can be worth anywhere from $300,000 to $1.5 million – in some cases, these cases can be worth well over the $1.5 million-dollar mark. It is important to highlight that these are estimated case values and that there is no guarantee about the value of your case.
For a more case-specific review of the potential value of your case, contact the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our team is ready to evaluate your claim and help you recover the highest settlement available.
How Long Does It Take to Settle Inmate Injury Cases?
Whether you or a loved one was injured while working in a prison under a prison work program, injured after being assaulted by other inmates or by guards, or injured after being denied medical care, you could definitely have grounds to file a claim. Here at our law firm, our team understands how frustrating it can be to have to wait for a settlement, so our team is committed to settling our clients’ cases within a reasonable length of time. In general, we aim to settle all our cases in under eight months, although some can take about two years to settle. Whatever the case, our team is committed to keeping our clients informed every step of the way to make sure that they are never left unsure of what is happening with their claims.
How Long Do I Have to File My Inmate Injury Claims?
If you or a loved one were harmed in a prison owned and operated by a state entity, then you would need to file a government claim. Government claims are subject to very strict deadlines or statute of limitations. More specifically, government claims must be filed within just six months of the incident. Depending on the response from the government entity, claimants can either have six months or two years to file their civil lawsuit. To ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the total length of time that you have to file your claim, contact us today.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our inmate injury lawyers are knowledgeable on both personal injury law and prisoner rights and are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to either begin or continue your claim. Our team has decades of experience and can help you fight for your rights and secure the settlement that you are owed. If you would like to speak with our lawyers, contact us today. We are proud to offer free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions, to ensure that our clients have access to the guidance that they need to pursue their claims. Our team offers a Zero-Fee guarantee, so clients will never be required to pay upfront legal costs. In addition, our law firm works on contingency, so our clients will actually never be required to pay anything unless they win their inmate injury claims. If you are ready to discuss your inmate injury claim with our legal team, contact us today.
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